Monday 5th June: Pentecost

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Reflection

Yesterday was the feast of Pentecost or the Feast of the Holy Spirit. The Church remembers the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples of Jesus and also calls for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit into our own lives.

Prayer

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful.
And kindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.
And you will renew the face of the earth.

Amen.

Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for us.

St Joseph pray for us

Friday 26th May: St Philip Neri

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Reflection

Today is the feast day of St Philip Neri. What little lesson can we learn from his life?

Prayer to Know and Love Jesus by St Philip Neri

My Lord Jesus, I want to love You but You cannot trust me. If You do not help me, I will never do any good. I do not know You; I look for You but I do not find You. Come to me, O Lord. If I knew You, I would also know myself. If I have never loved You before, I want to love You truly now. I want to do Your will alone; putting no trust in myself, I hope in You, O Lord. Amen.

Our Father who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be thy name;
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.Amen.

Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for us.

St Joseph pray for us

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Thursday 25th May: Prayer to Start the Day

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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Prayer

Lord, may nothing separate me from You today. Teach me how to choose only Your way today so each step will lead me closer to You. Help me walk by the Word and not my feelings. Help me to keep my heart pure and undivided. Protect me from my own careless thoughts, words, and actions. And keep me from being distracted by MY wants, MY desires, MY thoughts on how things should be. Help me to embrace what comes my way as an opportunity . . . rather than a personal inconvenience.

And finally, help me to rest in the truth of Psalm 86:13, “Great is your love toward me.” You already see the ways I will fall short and mess up. But right now, I consciously tuck Your whisper of absolute love for me into the deepest part of my heart. I recognize Your love for me is not based on my performance. You love me warts and all. That’s amazing. But what’s most amazing is that the Savior of the world would desire a few minutes with me this morning. Lord, help me to forever remember what a gift it is to sit with You like this.

Amen.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of death. Amen.

Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for us.

St Joseph pray for us

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Wednesday 24th May: St Augustine

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Reflection

The feast day of St Augustine is around this time. The saints are real life examples of what it means to live an authentic Christian life. St Augustine is well known for his conversion to Christianity from a life of parties and chasing girls…..

Prayer of St Augustine

Lord Jesus, our Saviour, let us come to you.
Our hearts are cold; Lord, warm them with your selfless love.
Our hearts are sinful; cleanse them with your precious blood.
Our hearts are weak; strengthen them with our joyous Spirit.
Our hearts are empty; fill them with your divine presence.
Lord Jesus, our hearts are yours; possess them always and only for yourself.

Amen.

Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for us.

St Joseph pray for us

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Tuesday 23rd May: Pray for Manchester

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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Reflection

As you enter out school foyer, in large letters is written: “life to the full”. It is sobering to reflect on these words in light of the tragic events in Manchester last night in which so many lost their lives. Sometimes it is these moments of shock that bring home to us the reality of how fragile and precious the gift of life is, and how we never know when our gift may come to an end.

Perhaps today, in light of these events, we can reflect on how we still have our gift of life, and we have the ability to choose to live it to the full, while at least 22 people in Manchester do not.

Let’s pray for those in Manchester who are suffering because of last nights events.

Scripture

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can not overcome it.” – John 1:5

Prayer

Father in heaven, at times such as these it is hard to see You. But you are there. Please be with those in who are suffering in Manchester. May Your light, the light of love, shine into those dark places and transform them. May your love also shine out in our lives so we can live the gift of life to the full. We make this prayer in Jesus’ name.

Amen.

Dear Father in heaven,
Thank you for the gift of life you have given us. Thank you for the people you have made us to be. Help us to live our lives to the full.
Open our hearts to receive your love so that we, in return, can show love and respect to everyone in our school community, our families and our friends.
Send us your Holy Spirit so we can achieve excellence in our learning and do our personal best in all areas of school life.
May we always live, love and learn through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for us.
St Joseph pray for us

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

 

Tuesday 23rd March: Loving the Unloveable

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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Scripture 

Jesus said: “You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,’ and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.’ I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best—the sun to warm and the rain to nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty. If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that. If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that.

Matthew 5:44-47

Reflection

In his book, Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis points out that it is easy to love the likeable. However, the virtue of “charity” comes by choosing to act lovingly toward the unlikeable. Lewis writes,

“Charity means “Love, in the Christian sense.” But love, in the Christian sense, does not mean an emotion. It is a state not of the feelings but of the will; that state of the will which we have naturally about ourselves, and must learn to have about other people.”

As Jesus said, if we only love those we find lovable, anyone can do this. We are called to a higher love, to love even those who hate us.

Who could I show some love to today that I normally would not? What kind deed could I do for them?

Prayer

God of infinite love,
I thank you for this reminder of your love
and your call that we be more loving, gentle and compassionate with others.
Here in the middle of Lent, I turn to you to ask for your help.
Please soften my heart so I may show some love to someone today.
I ask you this, in Jesus’ name.

Amen.

Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for us.

St Joseph pray for us

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Monday 22nd May: Down Life’s Path

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Scripture

“The Lord says, I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.
I will advise you and watch over you.” – Psalm 32:8

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Reflection

Down Life’s Path. A Poem by Perry Boardman

Many go down life’s path with lofty plans
To amass a great fortune of houses and lands
And to live a life of pleasure and ease,
Thinking happiness can be found in these.

Others pursue power and worldwide fame
To be known by all and win their acclaim.
But those without God who attain these goals
Soon find emptiness remains in their souls.

They couldn’t find the happiness they sought
For it comes from Him and can‘t be bought.
If only they realized these things won’t last
Since life is fleeting and will soon be past.

Wealth, worldly pleasure, fame, and power
Will all be gone at death’s dark hour.
And beyond the grave when eternity begins
Those unsaved will be judged for their sins.

If only they would believe in God’s Son
And repent of the sinful deeds they’ve done,
Then they could go down life’s path
Not needing to worry about God’s wrath.

They would have the joy they longed for,
Inner peace, contentment, and much more
For when their lives on earth shall end
Heavenly bliss would at once begin!

Prayer

O Lord,
Open my eyes to see where you would lead me.
Awaken my ears that I would hear your voice guiding me.
Inspire my mind that I may comprehend your love for me.
Soften my heart that I would offer grace to those I meet.
Watch my feet that I would tread upon your kingdom paths.
Guard my heart from selfishness that I would give freely.
Inspire my words that I may speak of hope and healing.
O Lord, I follow you.
Amen.

Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for us.

St Joseph pray for us

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

Friday 19th May: Positive Thoughts

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Scripture 

‘For as he thinks within himself, so he is.’ Proverbs 23:7

What we think about, we talk about and what we talk about we bring about as this dialogue between an optimist and pessimist illustrates – in the end a way across is found.

Suppose that each of us had had a recording device to record our thoughts for a whole day. What would we hear when we played it back? Would our thoughts be negative, discouraging, putting others or ourselves down? Or would our thoughts be positive, appreciative and hopeful about others, ourselves and our world?

Positive thoughts bring positive things. When we think in terms of the positiveness of life, we see the positive, and a positive outlook comes to be part of our lives.

Bible Reflection

For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honourable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things fix your minds on them.

-St. Paul to the Philippians 4:4-8

Prayer

Lord Jesus, One of your saints said ‘be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire!’ Help me to be all I can be, all you created to be. Grant me hope and strength to do my best, to avoid temptations, to surpass all expectations, to achieve what now may seem ‘impossible’

Amen

Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for us.

St Joseph pray for us

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

Thursday 18th May: Prayer to Start the Day

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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Prayer

This is another day, O Lord. I know not what it will bring forth, but make me ready, Lord, for whatever it may be. If I am to stand up, help me to stand bravely. If I am to sit still, help me to sit quietly. If I am to lie low, help me to do it patiently. And if I am to do nothing, let me do it gallantly. Make these words more than words, and give me the Spirit of Jesus.

Amen.

Dear Father in heaven,

Thank you for the gift of life you have given us. Thank you for the people you have made us to be. Help us to live our lives to the full.

Open our hearts to receive your love so that we, in return, can show love and respect to everyone in our school community, our families and our friends.

Send us your Holy Spirit so we can achieve excellence in our learning and do our personal best in all areas of school life.

May we always live, love and learn through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for us.

St Joseph pray for us

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Wednesday 17th May: Aspiration

Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

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Reflection

Aspiration – having a goal, a dream to work towards.

In the musical ‘South Pacific’ one of the songs is about having a dream for your life, it goes like this:

‘Happy talk, keep talkin’ happy talk, talk about things you’d like to do. 

You got to have a dream, If you don’t have a dream, How you gonna have a dream come true?’ 

(Sounds better when sung!)

 It’s true that if we don’t even have a dream for our life how can it come true? Of course, it’s important to think carefully and choose sensibly about our aims and goals in life. Midas was granted his dream that everything he touched should turn to gold, but then he touched the person he loved…

It’s also important not to limit our goals or narrow our horizons, saying, ‘I couldn’t do that, I’m not good enough’. There is a saying, ‘Always aim for the moon, even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars!’

When thinking about the future take seriously the thoughts of those who know you best: parents, grandparents, guardians, teachers – others can sometimes know you better than you know yourself!

Lastly, and most importantly, don’t forget God believes in you and he made you for a definite purpose, even if you don’t know yet what that is. So, pray for his guidance.

Prayer: Lord, you created us to surpass all expectations. Give us the strength to look beyond our limits and achieve the ‘impossible’ Amen

Our Father who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be thy name;
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.

Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for us.

St Joseph pray for us

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen